Phillipe Saint-Andre will have been as frustrated as Declan Kidney when France's match against Ireland was cancelled. Les Bleus played with poise and panache against Italy in round one and he won't have wanted anything to stymie the flow of his elegant attack.
You might expect Aurelien Rougerie and Wesley Fofana to run riot against this ragged Scotland team but Andy Robinson remains an astute coach and I think the changes he's made for this match should mean the hosts stay in touch. France might be restricted to under ten points in the first-half and the home side could be level or even ahead at the break. You'll be able to get good odds on Scotland/France in the half-time/full-time market and I advise a small stakes wager.
I like Stuart Hogg, the teenage full-back who will make his first international start on Sunday, and the nine/ten combination of Greig Laidlaw and Mike Blair is the right one for this contest. Actually, if Robinson had gone with that pair for the visit of England things could have been very different.
Scotland's inability to cross the whitewash has been well-documented. I reckon Sunday afternoon could be the occasion when they give their loyal fans something to cheer. Would I back them to score the first try at 2.72? Probably not, but the desire they showed against Wales does bode well. In the end, I expect France's class to tell and I can see them prevailing by about eight points.
Back France to win by under 12.5 points @ 2.44
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